The Doctor's Visit - Elisabeth Geertruida Wassenbergh 1760

Elisabeth Geertruida Wassenbergh  ( 1729  -1781 )

Detail: doctor, medicine, chair, table, brazier, foot warmer, cat,  spoon, medicine bottle, paintings, boy, bow, arrow, tricorn hat, maid, door, tea set

4 thoughts on “The Doctor's Visit - Elisabeth Geertruida Wassenbergh 1760”

  • I adore the young lad shooting arrows into the doctor's cocked hat ;)

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  • Just wondering aloud, but could it be that the wee lad may've shot at the matron's cat, and sent her into fits... which is why the good doctor was summoned? :-)

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  • No, that young one is going for the hat, he must know the doctor is a crook! just like nowadays!

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  • For the painting's origins, see Jan Steen's "Doctor's "Visit" of 1658-62. The painting's subject was a popular genre scene in the mid-17th C.: the inabilities of vaunted doctors to diagnose the love-sickness or pregnancies of young women. Thus the boy with arrows is note a cat-torturing truant, but a symbol for Cupid. Steen's work is a delightful mess of symbolic depictions of Dutch "common wisdom" sayings. Look into Dutch emblem books to see how images and sayings were combined with poems that would further explain the wisdom-sayings

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